Crisci Associates, October 3, 2016 Issue #640
(10/3/2016)
* Session Week Short On Accomplishments, House, Senate Break For Columbus Day

The highlight of the week was Gov. Wolf’s address to a joint session of the General Assembly on the opioid and heroin crisis facing Pennsylvania, but otherwise there was little progress on the key issues Senate and House Republican leaders outlined last week-- pension reform and the expansion of gaming to fill a $100 million hole in the budget they adopted.

* Gov. Wolf Outlines Legislative Priorities In Battling Opioid Epidemic

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday addressed a Joint Session of the General Assembly to outline our collective plan to lead the nation in combatting the opioid and heroin crisis facing Pennsylvania.

* IFO: Cost Of State Employee Unions’ 3-Year Contract Is $525.1 Million

The Independent Fiscal Office Tuesday said the 3-year cost of the state employee union contract agreements with AFSCME and SEIU and the Wolf Administration will cost $525.1 million.

* First Post-Debate Poll Shows Clinton 45%, Trump 39% In PA

Public Policy Polling released its first post-debate poll for Pennsylvania and it found 45 percent of voters now support Clinton and 39 percent Trump.

* Polls On U.S. Senate Race: 2 McGinty, 1 Toomey, 1 Dead Heat

Of the four new polls released in the last week on Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race, 2 have McGinty leading, one has Toomey leading and the fourth has them in a dead heat, but all show the race to be very close.

* Political News & NewsClips

New House Liquor Committee Chair: For the record, Rep. Adam Harris (R-Franklin) is the new Majority Chair of the House Liquor Committee after the resignation from that position in July by Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester) over how the liquor reform bill was handled.  Rep. Harris is a 13-year veteran of the House and represents Juniata County and parts of Franklin and Mifflin counties.  Rep. Ross did not seek re-election this year.

* Session Schedule/Governor's Schedule

Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House--

* On The Senate/House Agenda

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee showing bills of interest--

* Bills On Governor's Desk

The following bills were given final approval by the Senate and House and are now on the Governor's desk for action--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action in the House or Senate this week--

* Weeks Ahead

Upcoming meetings, hearings and other events on legislative issues in Harrisburg, unless otherwise noted.   NEW means new from last week.

* PA Supreme Court Holds Local Casino Assessment Share Unconstitutional

[Via PLS Reporter]-- In an opinion issued Wednesday, the PA Supreme Court found the local and county share assessments placed on casinos as unconstitutional. The court deemed the assessments violative of the uniformity clause.

* PA Gaming Board Releases 2015-16 Annual Report

The PA Gaming Control Board has released its 2015-2016 Annual Report summarizes the accomplishments of the Board during the last year, but also recognizes the 10 years of work done by the Board since gaming was authorized in Pennsylvania.

* PA Gaming Board Releases Annual Report On Diversity In Casino Industry

The PA Gaming Control Board Friday released its 9th Annual Diversity Report providing a description of each casino’s activities related to the implementation of their diversity plans and the action taken by the entities to achieve the Commonwealth’s goal of enhanced representation of diverse groups in the gaming industry.

* Three New Superior Court Judges Sworn Into Office

Three people were sworn in as the newest judges of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania during a special ceremony Thursday in Philadelphia.

* Attorney General Beemer Promotes 3 Agents, Senior Attorney To Key Positions

Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer Thursday announced promotions for four senior employees who have collectively served the Office of Attorney General for many decades.

* PA Bulletin: State Horse Racing Commission Notices

The State Horse Racing Commission published several notices in the October 1 PA Bulletin relating to: 1) amended Schedule Of Therapeutic Medications; 2) License Fee Schedule; and 3) Uniform Classification Guidelines For Foreign  Substances, Penalties and Model Rule.

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